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Who does it? How is it going? Are you tracking for AKC or IPO? Another venue? I'm going to start tracking again and because I have no trainer here nor support system I was hoping this thread could be a way of keeping track, sharing tips, learning, and experiences.

Also totally open to air scenting and sport detection or SAR.

I myself will be focusing in IPO and maybe AKC.

Thanks. :)!
 

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I do!

I track Kastle in IPO and also train tracking dogs for work...which has specific needs that are different and unique to other tracking I know of.

I was also in SAR and have handled and trained a trailing dog (that was for work), and trained my own Wilderness Air Scent dog...

I LOVE scent work and scent pictures and how dogs interpret scent etc...I find it fascinating!

ETA my TD gave me some excellent handling tips and I can see a HUGE difference both in Kastle and my work dogs. Natural talent is a
lot of it, but handling can REALLY make a difference!
 

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I'd love any handling tips!

Also videos are encouraged. ;)

We headed out at lunch and I did a short straight track with Sloan, she was super clean and efficient. I put food every step then every third and then every fifth, I let it age 10 minutes (my lunch is short and we haven't tracked for a year probably) and she didn't miss a beat, the grass varied from short cut to long to clover/moss.

Maybe she's not forgotten this stuff after all.
 

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I will be! The Megan loves the tracking and will be working with Siri, Frodo and I as soon as it's not cold as balls. Because I am not going outside at the buttcrack of dawn in this weather.

Frodo can compete in AKC, but as far as I know Siri will only be eligible for ASCA tracking. Which happens like, never. I wish there was another option!
 
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I track for IPO, obviously. Have two young dogs working right now. One is 1 1/2 and we're working on moving the emphasis from food on the track to the articles. The other is 7 months old and just working on footsteps.
 
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no videos from me. I hate it :) and certainly don't want to watch videos of it. I'm always by myself or if I am with others, we're talking too much and fooling around behind the dog to create distractions to try and hold a camera still enough to not drive someone nuts trying to watch it.

As for handling tips? You always see the results of your last track in your current one and you're always laying a track to make the next one your best. Make sense? Other than that I think too many try and make it too complicated.
 
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I track IPO but am looking at trying for a TD as soon as Judge gets his articles back to where they need to be. He hates stopping on a track so his article indication turned into a very short stand and then moving on from them so we are retraining articles. LoLa loves tracking cause it involves food. I need to work her more.
 

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At what point do you add articles and how do you train your alerts? This is for anyone interested in sharing, we were hitting long tracks with several turns and aged well in Vegas before we quit (it is so hard to find safe and appropriate ground to track on there) but we never did article so I'll be entering that blindly, I fear.
 

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I will be! The Megan loves the tracking and will be working with Siri, Frodo and I as soon as it's not cold as balls. Because I am not going outside at the buttcrack of dawn in this weather.

Frodo can compete in AKC, but as far as I know Siri will only be eligible for ASCA tracking. Which happens like, never. I wish there was another option!
PWC, if you're planning on spaying Siri, you should be able to get an ILP on her as a Parson's Russle and do AKC tracking. It's only the mixed breed dogs that can't do tracking, ILP dogs are eligible. :)

Of course if you're not going to spay her then, yeah, not much help, lol.
 
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At what point do you add articles and how do you train your alerts? This is for anyone interested in sharing, we were hitting long tracks with several turns and aged well in Vegas before we quit (it is so hard to find safe and appropriate ground to track on there) but we never did article so I'll be entering that blindly, I fear.

I add articles as soon as the dog/puppy has a solid down. I end the track with one. When the puppy smells it, I ask for a down, then reward on the article. I fade the asking as soon as I can.
 
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i teach articles in my living room and when I can toss one on the floor and they down with it between their paws, I go outside and do 5-10 in a short straight track just down, reward, 2 steps, down reward, etc. Do that for a few days, then they're on the track
 

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PWC, if you're planning on spaying Siri, you should be able to get an ILP on her as a Parson's Russle and do AKC tracking. It's only the mixed breed dogs that can't do tracking, ILP dogs are eligible. :)

Of course if you're not going to spay her then, yeah, not much help, lol.
For at least a couple of years she will remain intact, until we see how she turns out :)

Plus, from what I've heard, if you register with AKC it negates your registration with JRTCA? And terrier games are more important to me than tracking! Fun factor! :p
 

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I do Tracking/Trailing with Hawkeye in the AKC and ASCA and we are also a K9 SAR Trailing team with a local organisation.
 
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I do Tracking/Trailing with Hawkeye in the AKC and ASCA and we are also a K9 SAR Trailing team with a local organisation.
How often do they have ASCA tracking in the Midwest? I was looking at their calendar and it was like...non-existent. Maybe I was looking in the wrong spot though? *crosses fingers*
 

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How often do they have ASCA tracking in the Midwest? I was looking at their calendar and it was like...non-existent. Maybe I was looking in the wrong spot though? *crosses fingers*
I'll just have to get more into ASCA! :) Their agility split from NADAC a few years ago so it's not that different!
 

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How often do they have ASCA tracking in the Midwest? I was looking at their calendar and it was like...non-existent. Maybe I was looking in the wrong spot though? *crosses fingers*
I got into an ASCA tracking test at our nationals held in Wisconsin a couple years ago. Sadly there is normally not enough interest in tracking tests for the local ASCA member clubs to take the expensive risk of holding a test. Holding a test costs at least $200 for the club then they need to make a profit so lets say $75 per TD entry and they can have a max of 10 entries at the test, being more realistic we'll say 6 entries. So that leaves them with an income of $250 ONLY if every entry spot gets filled.

I may have to try and talk my club into holding a tracking test now that I'm a member, the Outback Australian Shepherd Club.
 
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